Andrea Torres Balaguer


Andrea Torres Balaguer’s work is influenced by dreams and surrealism, exploring the relationship between femininity and nature through the symbolism and dream transcription technique. Inspired by references to psychoanalysis theory and magic realism, her pictures experiment with the conscious-subconscious. Thinking about the scene-action concept, she creates pictures that suggest stories and invites the spectator to interpret them, searching to experiment with the boundaries between reality and fiction.

Moon series was made thinking about the light moon phases, exploring the relationship between femininity and nature through symbolism. Each one of the seven images act as a ritual devoted to some natural phenomenon, belief or aesthetic idea that is related to the moon cycle.

Each one of the scenes has their own ritual and meaning; Autumn with the milk glasses is related to maternity and fertility, Eve reminds us the stars and the people we love that have passed away. Marble is a ritual of remembrance, purification and goal setting. In new moon’s dimness, one puts oneself symbolically in moon’s place, adopting its power to leave the unwanted behind and to commit to new achievements. Moon series goes from the compliment to mature beauty in White Pearl, to the imagination and stories like the Alice in Wonderland reference in Gingerbread.

The table structure is a constant related to “home”, a personal representation of the values based on family learning, a meeting point where the character, the object and the environment converge. The different objects on the table are the point of light in the darkness, where the attention of the spectator goes like the bright moon in a night sky.
All the images were made also as a ritual: taken in the same place with natural light on the same hour from different days and seasons.

But overall the importance of every scene is the spectator’s interpretation: how each of us can discover things in the shades and how the different situations in the pictures reveals different aspects of our personality.

Andrea Torres Balaguer (Barcelona, 1990) is graduated in Fine Arts by University of Barcelona. After winning the first award of Artevistas New Talents her work has been exhibited in Barcelona, Madrid, New York, London, Brussels, Berlin, Amsterdam and many Art Fairs in Europe. Her work has been included in private collections like Fundació Vila Casas, Col·lecció Bassat and Universitat de Barcelona and it has been featured in some popular magazines like Fubiz, Lamono, Ignant mag and Worbz. In 2015 she was selected as a Commended Photographer for the Sony World Photography Awards, Enhanced category. She is currently living in Barcelona (Spain) and is working as a fashion photographer, trying to mix her aesthetic with fashion. Her inspiration photographers are Duane Michals, Sally Mann and Annie Leibovitz.


Barcelona, 1990.

Fine Arts degree at University of Barcelona 2009-2013

EXHIBITIONS
2017

Moon, solo exhibition, QLICK Editions, Amsterdam
Art Madrid, Galeria Miquel Alzueta, Madrid
Colectiva de Invierno, collective exhibition, Pigment Gallery, Barcelona For Real Art Fair, Galeria Miquel Alzueta, Amsterdam

2016

Negra i reial, collective exhibition at Fundació Setba, Barcelona
Dolor de ser i no ser tu: desig, collective exhibition at Fundació Felícia Fuster, Barcelona Positions Berlin, Galeria Miquel Alzueta, Berlin
Clairvoyance, collective exhibition, Guy Hepner Gallery, New York
Affordable Art Fair UK, Galeria Miquel Alzueta, London
Palau de Casavells, Galeria Miquel Alzueta, Girona
Eurantica, Galeria Miquel Alzueta, Brussels
Affordable Art Fair, Pigment Gallery, Brussels
Art Madrid, Galeria Miquel Alzueta, Madrid
Collective exhibition at Pigment Gallery, Barcelona
Mesmerize and other secrets, solo exhibition at La Destil·leria, Mataró
Collective exhibition at Galeria Miquel Alzueta, Barcelona

CV

2015

La màgia de la Reial, collective exhibition at Fundació Setba, Barcelona
Photogenic Festival, collective exhibition at Mina Mina, Barcelona
Setba Jove 2015, collective exhibition at Fundació Setba, Barcelona
The Shed Summer show: EARTH, AIR, FIRE, WATER, collective exhibition at Malthouse Gallery, Lyme Regis, United Kingdom

PATRIM 2013/2014, collective exhibition, Espai Volart, Fundació Vila Casas, Barcelona RAW GALLERY, collective exhibition at Cadàver Exquisit, Barcelona
Sony World Photography Awards 2015, collective exhibition at Somerset House, London YOUNG BLOOD II, collective exhibition at The Shed Gallery, Barcelona

Photography now, collective exhibition at The Brick Lane Gallery, London

2014

Mesmerize, solo exhibition at Galeria Artevistas, Barcelona
YOUNG BLOOD, collective exhibition at The Shed Gallery, Barcelona
Premi de Fotografia 2014, collective exhibition at Palau Solterra, Fundació Vila Casas, Torroella de Montgrí
Nuevos Talentos, collective exhibition at Galeria Artevistas, Barcelona
ENTRE REFERENTS, collective exhibition at Universitat de Barcelona
EXHIBIT, collective exhibition at Golferichs, Francesc Català-Roca espai de fotografía, Barcelona

2013

Sense Títol’13, collective exhibition at Universitat de Barcelona

AWARDS

Finalist in Enhanced category of the Sony World Photography Awards 2017
Selected as a commended Photographer in the Sony World Photography Awards 2015

Finalist of Premi de Fotografia 2014, Fundació Vila Casas
Winner of I Premio Nuevos Talentos, Galeria Artevistas
Finalist of 5th Julia Margaret Cameron Award, The worldwide Photography Gala Awards Honorable Mention, Seasons 2012, New York Center for Photographic Arts, United States

COLLECTIONS

Fundació Vila Casas
Artistic heritage of Universitat de Barcelona Col·lecció Bassat

Fundació Setba